Turkey's MGK founds special board to examine Gulenists

Turkey’s National Security Council establishes a special board to investigate the external activities of the Gulen Movement and monitor the flow of its financial resources

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s National Security Council (MGK) established a special board to investigate the external activities of the Gulen movement and monitor the flow of its financial resources.

Turkey’s Daily Sabah newspaper reported that, “The board established at the council will keep the reports of their investigation into the Gülen Movement and submit them to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ahead of the meetings to keep him informed about the findings.”

The top issue discussed in the agenda of the most recent National Security Council (MGK) meeting, which is held bi-monthly for state affairs, was the Gulen Movement, which was listed as a national threat.

The Gulen Movement, which is led by Fethullah Gulen - a US-based cleric of Turkish origin - is accused by the Turkish government of establishing and leading a “parallel state,” composed of a network of followers who have allegedly infiltrated the judiciary, police force, and other state agencies to control these institutions.

The Daily Sabah report also stated that the MGK board will monitor the process of the investigations into the movement and evaluate the progress of the fight against the movement. 

The infiltration by the “parallel state” of Turkish public institutions will also be closely investigated by the board, the report added. 

The Gulen movement is under scrutiny for its involvement in Turkish state affairs, and is the subject of several investigations concerning fraud in the KPSS (Turkey’s state personnel examination), the interceptions of MIT trucks, and illegal wiretapping of .

The movement is also accused of trying to overthrow the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) through an alleged judicial coup attempt on Dec. 17-25 2013. Gulen Movement members deny the allegations or any involvement over the accusations.

Ankara’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office recently issued a demand to Turksat General Directorate, a government satellite communication portal, to block “parallel state” media. 

The letter said the organisation has actively been seeking to oust the Turkish government by using state institutions infiltrated by its followers and violating constitutional rule in order to establish a “community” [cemaat] dictatorship parallel to the elected legitimate government.

“The armed [Gulenist] terrorist organisation wishes to establish a parallel political power against national sovereignty to pave the way for a community based sovereignty,” the letter claimed.

TRTWorld and agencies